Daily American Republic
Puxico retired teachers Ray and Margaret Binford are on the road to recovery after falling nearly 300 feet while hiking Aug. 22 in Washington state. After being in separate hospitals for a week, they are together in Richland, Washington. The Binfords, who hike regularly were on the Palouse Falls trail between cliffs to get to some water when one of them lost his or her footing, and the other fell, too. They likely experienced about a 30-foot straight drop, then 250 to 300 feet of rolling down a steep, rock-covered hill. They were found about 100 feet apart by other hikers. Their daughter, Tiffany Jenkins of Poplar Bluff learned of their accident from a nurse who used her father’s cellphone to reach her. Ray Binford was flown to Spokane, Washington for eye and hand injuries. He underwent emergency surgery for those wounds and another Tuesday on his crushed wrist. Jenkins says her dad is recovering. Margaret Binford’s injuries included several fractured ribs, several broken vertebrae, a shattered kneecap an injured finger, and many scrapes and bruises. She underwent emergency surgery the first day on her knee and finger, and underwent back surgery the next day. She also had a collapsed lung that required a chest tube. Tuesday was the Binfords’ 42nd wedding anniversary.